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Ravens-Eagles swap could impact Jets' ability to deal Sheldon Richardson

The Jets were looking for a first-rounder when they were shopping Sheldon Richardson last fall. Alan Schaefer/Icon Sportswire

If the New York Jets still hope to trade Sheldon Richardson, they may have to lower their asking price, based on Tuesday's trade between the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles.

In case you missed it, the Ravens traded defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and a third-round compensatory pick (No. 99 overall) for a high third-round choice (No. 74). Essentially, the Ravens dealt Jernigan to jump 21 spots in the third round.

Using the trade chart as a guide, Jernigan's value in this swap is equivalent to the 96th overall pick -- a low third-rounder.

Would the Jets settle for similar compensation for Richardson? That's debatable, considering they demanded a first-round pick while shopping him last fall before the trading deadline. The alternative is to keep him for the season and likely receive a third-round compensatory pick in 2019, assuming he bolts next year as a free agent.

What's unknown is whether the Jets were in talks with the Eagles regarding Richardson. He certainly would've been a nice fit in coordinator Jim Schwartz's attacking, 4-3 scheme.

Richardson and Jernigan are comparable as players. As a former first-round pick, Richardson has a better pedigree than Jernigan (a former second-rounder), but their production was similar from 2014 to 2016: 14.5 sacks for Richardson, 13 sacks for Jernigan.

They're both entering the final year of their rookie contracts, but the one factor that can't be stressed enough is the money. Richardson is due to make a guaranteed $8.1 million, while Jernigan is making a non-guaranteed $1 million. Jernigan probably isn't as good as Richardson, but he's a heck of a lot cheaper -- and that would've been a tiebreaker if the Eagles were mulling a Richardson-Jernigan choice.

Richardson's salary could frighten potential suitors in the coming weeks, along with his off-the-field issues -- two league suspensions. Although Jernigan wasn't a perfect teammate in Baltimore -- he was known for a "me" attitude, according to a source -- he never ran afoul of the NFL laws.

The Jets face an interesting decision on Richardson. If they deal him for a low third-rounder or less, it would be a clear case of addition by subtraction.